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Name Source of Hutong--Why it was called Hutong
Introduction of Name Source of Hutong
The word "Hutong" is said to originate from the Mongolian language, which is one of China's minority language. In the northern grasslands communities tended to live around wells, so hot (almost the same pronunciation of well in Mongolian), came to mean a town. And Hudu or Hudun are variants of it. Later it was applied to Small Street. The sound gradually changed to hutong.
Small streets in Beijing began to be called Hutong after the "Nuzhen" people from the northeast, who founded the Jin Dynasty, captured the city in 1127 and make it their capital. (Their language has similarities to Mongolian.) The custom became more widespread when the city was the capital of the Yuan Dynasty after the Mongol conquest.
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